The Echo, IHeartComix , Media Contender, and Moheak Radio Present
Check Yo Ponytail 2 Year Anniversary with Andrew W.K. + Secret Guests!
Icona Pop, Diamond Rings, Cherie Lily, Aleister X
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
This event is 18 and over
Check Yo Ponytail 2 Year Anniversary with
Visuals by Demonbabies
Andrew W.K. (solo)
Andrew W.K. was born Andrew Wilkes-Krier in Stanford, California in 1979, before moving to Michigan. By his early teens Andrew had already exhibited great enthusiasm and talent for both music and the visual arts. He spent his high school years playing drums and keyboard in an almost endless variety of short-lived, but passionate groups, all centered in southeast Michigan's explosive cultural scene. In 1997 at the age of 18 he moved to New York City to persue his vision alone. Today, Andrew W.K. is the KING OF PARTYING. Infamous for his bloody nose, famous for his high-life attitude, beloved for his songs like, "PARTY HARD". "WE WANT FUN", and "YOU WILL REMEMBER TONIGHT", Andrew's true will is to use all forms of entertainment to create feelings of pure joy, fun, love, freedom, and possibility.
Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt met on a Saturday night in February 2009. It was, Aino says quite reasonably, "the best thing that ever happened".
So the day after the best thing that ever happened happened, these two girls from the Stockholm suburbs formed a electronic pop duo band, and on the Monday – when the hangovers had cleared and it still all seemed like the best thing that had ever happened – they booked their first gig – Icona Pop was born. This felt all very well, but then they realised they had four weeks until their gig, but no songs.
Autumn of 2011, Icona Pop moved from Stockholm to London, and with an album ready to go the tunes are in no short supply. Icona Pop says: "We like galloping drums, and synthesisers, but we still like the classical pop melodies. And that's 'what we are'. We don't have to decide, because there's no decision to be made. We just have to do exactly what we want."
In the intervening years they've working with The Knocks (voted one of NME's hottest production outfits of the hour), Patrik Berger (Robyn), Elof Loelv (Niki & The Dove), Fredrik Berger (The Good Natured) and Style of Eye, as well as sessions with UK producers like Starsmith (Kylie, Ellie Goulding) and Burns. Their Neon Gold-released double a-side single 'Manners' / 'Top Rated' prompted journals like NME and The Guardian say things along the lines of "effortlessly cool" and "all the makings of a 24-carat pop hit", and the duo have perfected their live show, too – that first performance back in 2009 went rather well, all things considered, while their first London gig was impressive enough to bag them a management deal with Artist Company TEN, the team behind Niki & The Dove and Erik Hassle.
There's plenty more of this evocative stuff right across Icona Pop's as-yet-untitled debut album, due out in 2012. Effervescently romantic number 'Sun Goes Down' is a Knocks collaboration written on a trip to New York. "We both had a crush at home," Caroline recalls, "and we were thinking about our lovely men on the other side of the ocean, singing, 'I will be waiting for you until the sun goes down'." The sound of it all is hard to pinpoint, but there are some unmistakeable Madonnaisms on spirited anthem 'Beat The L'.
So that original plan for Caroline to give Aino her best night ever? Well, that night they met in 2009 has since been immortalised in song, on the vivid and joyous 'Nights Like This' Caroline explains, "everything that night was like magic, and the lyric 'nights like this, you will never be alone', is what Icona Pop is all about. It's about being together and having fun, and inviting as many people as possible because the best nights out are the ones you want to share with everyone."
As nights out go, Icona Pop's first must of one of pop's most vital, and it's still in full effect three years later. In fact, it feels like it's just getting going. "We're having so much fun all the time," Aino smiles. "It's kind of scary."
First conceived in the summer of 2009 by Toronto-based multiplatform artist John O, Diamond Rings burst onto the scene with a series of singles and videos featuring green screen camera trickery, over the top choreography, and daring androgynous outfits and makeup. The videos received international praise from both the online media and fashionistas alike. The singles, pressed to limited edition vinyl, sold out in a matter of weeks and received critical praise including "Best New Music" honors from Pitchfork.
Although initially pegged in some corners as a novelty act, audiences soon began to identify with Diamond Rings' uniquely lyrical brand of pop songwriting and his overtly glamorous live sets. Showcasing real human emotion and honest vulnerability is rare enough for a 24-year-old let alone one who matches his eye shadow with his Air Force Ones while dancing about onstage with the reckless abandon of a teenager in the bathroom mirror. But there's something surprisingly mature shimmering beneath the glamour, hidden in John O's immediately iconic voice, and whip-smart lyrics.
Now Diamond Rings is finally settling down long enough to deliver a fully realized album, the much anticipated "Special Affections". In keeping with his predilection for confounding public expectation the album dabbles in a wide range of styles and soundscapes. Spacey slow jams give way to aggressive guitar rock that leads seamlessly into shuddering club beats and soaring synth lines. Tying everything together are the heartfelt lyrical sentiments of a young artist interested in far more than getting his audience to "just dance."
"I'd compare my music to the Starz on 54 cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" that they did for the soundtrack to the movie Studio 54," John O says, adding, "I do not believe that there needs to be a disconnect between popular music and lyrical honesty."
CHERIE LILY, former lead singer and songwriter for New York City bands SPANK and FLuRT, is performing an exciting new, high energy, one-of-a-kind solo project blending original high energy dance music with house and fitness enthusiasm called HOUSEROBICS! Cherie Lily also tours the world singing and dancing with husband and the orignator of party rock, Andrew W.K.
A colloquial nightmare who has spent years honing his unique musical style on the back streets of Brixton,
in the shebeens of Shinjuku, the shanty towns of Brooklyn and warehouse parties in Kingston, Jamaica,
Aleister X has long since retired to his dark little flat on Tollinger Lane. Aleister X adds darkness to blackness and takes the musichall to the dancehall
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